A Bahamian breeze sweeps into Gotham with this rum-charged Lower East Side shack, from the team behind New England–themed Grey Lady. Like its sibling, the 46-seat Caribbean joint—named after an islet off Exuma—hooks its focus on seafood: Chef Gavin McLaughlin casts out red snapper ceviche with aranitas (shredded plantain fritters), coconut shrimp with mango chutney, and chicken skewers with pickled onions and mojo sauce. Beneath the 1966 Cessna Skyhawk airplane hanging from the ceiling, bartenders serve Kalik beers and tropical cocktails like planter's punch, Norman's Rum Dum (light and dark rums, lemon, egg white) and Sky Juice (gin, coconut water, seltzer and nutmeg). Palm-tree wallpaper and a ten-foot taxidermied hammerhead shark add island kitsch to the white-walled spot.
|Venue name:||Norman's Cay|
74 Orchard St
|Cross street:||between Broome and Grand Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5pm–4am; Sat, Sun noon–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D to Grand St; F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts|
|Price:||Average entrée: $16. AmEx, MC, V|